Hall in 2017
|Born||1945 (age 74–75)|
Alexandra, New Zealand
|Alma mater||University of Otago|
|Notable awards||Robert Burns Fellowship|
Bernadette Hall(born 1945) is a New Zealand playwright and poet.
Hall was born in 1945 in Alexandra, New Zealand. She was raised in what she describes as "a small-city Catholic community that was proud, theatrical and pretty much enclosed." After a career as a teacher of Latin and classical studies, she started writing full-time in her forties. She has held residencies at both Canterbury University and Victoria University and is widely published. She spent 10 years as the editor of Takahe magazine and five as the poetry editor of The Press, Christchurch's main daily newspaper.
Hall's poetry collection The Lustre Jug was a finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards.
She is the patron of Hagley Writers' Institute.
- Heartwood (Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1989)
- of Elephants etc. (Untold Press, 1990)
- The Persistent Levitator (Victoria University Press, 1994)
- Still Talking (Victoria University Press, 1997)
- Settler Dreaming (Victoria University Press, 2001)
- The Merino Princess: Selected Poems (Victoria University Press, 2004)
- The Ponies (Victoria University Press, 2007)
- The Lustre Jug (Victoria University Press, 2009)
- Life & Customs (Victoria University Press, 2014)
Awards and honours
- 1991 – Writer in residence at the University of Canterbury
- 1996 – Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago
- 2004 – Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellowship
- 2006 – Writer's fellowship at Victoria University
- 2015 – Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement in Poetry
- 2017 – Appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature, in the 2017 New Year Honours
- Bernadette Hall biography at the IIML
- Bernadette Hall Archived 22 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine biography at Victoria University Press
- Book launch at Christchurch Arts Festival Archived 25 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- Bernadette Hall biography at the New Zealand Electronic Text Center
- Bernadette Hall biography at the New Zealand Book Council
- New Zealand Post Book Awards Finalists 2010
- "Hagley Writers' Institute » Staff". hagleywriters.net. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- Bernadette Hall bibliography at The NZ Literature File Archived 5 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- Bernadette Hall biography at the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre.
- "Previous winners". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "New Year honours list 2017". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
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